Multiple incidents ‘stretch’ rescue team

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THESE dramatic pictures capture the scene at the most serious of four emergencies mountain rescue teams were called to deal with simultaneously over the weekend.

A female climber was airlifted to the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield with a head injury after tumbling six metres while descending popular climbing spot Stanage Edge, overlooking Hathersage, on Saturday.s

Edale Mountain Rescue crews attended the accident with a helicopter just minutes after three more emergencies across the area were reported - and were so ‘stretched’ they had to alert extra help.

Team leader Ian Bunting said: “It’s not uncommon for us to deal with multiple incidents in a day, or two incidents simultaneously, but four call-outs in our area within the space of 45 minutes was a first.

“I think this does show how vital this service is.”

The female climber, believed to be a visitor from London in her 30s, was knocked unconscious after her fall at around 2.40pm.

Climbers, with rescue teams from Woodhead and Calder Valley, helped to carry her to an air ambulance which then flew her to hospital.

Sheffield walker Giles Bertenshaw, aged 29, of Hunters Bar, who took the photographs at the scene, said: “The climber was opening her eyes and holding her boyfriend’s hand.

“It was dramatic to see the helicopter swooping in, it was a full-on rescue.

“It was very busy out in the Peak because it was such a nice day.”

Rescue crews from Edale Mountain Rescue Team were alerted to three more call-outs at gritstone tors popular with climbers between 1.30pm and 2.40pm on Saturday.

A male climber from Sheffield suffered a fractured ankle after falling at Froggatt Edge, and a male walker, also from Sheffield, suffered an ankle injury at Derwent Edge near Bamford. He was carried by stretcher to an ambulance at Ladybower Reservoir.

Buxton Mountain Rescue Teams dealt with the fourth casualty - a walker who had slipped and suffered an ankle injury at Losehill.

Mr Bunting added: “When people are coming out for a walk in the Peak at this time of year we do advise them to wear sensible footgear.”

Edale Mountain Rescue Team was called out to 117 incidents last year.